The retention of the original structure provides roof spaces of
wooden beams and walls of exposed brickwork with the sudden
intrusion of a girder, a crane or a massive iron door. The original
wooden floors have been rejuvenated, despite their slight
unevenness – this is history you can feel beneath your feet. There
are contrasts to the historic urban texture, some areas in each
apartment are smooth and more refined. As well as preserving
the physical fabric, the renovation also reflects the wider heritage
of Docklands as the place where goods were landed from all
around the world.
Like many other features in each penthouse, the spiral staircases
are made from folded mild steel echoing the industrial heritage
of the building. Another recurring motif is the scorched wood
panelling in a classic chevron pattern. There is no history of fire
damage here – it just looks perfect for its setting.
The lighting is designed to be theatrical. Chandeliers of Tom
Dixon Copper Bronze shades fill the high roof spaces. Decorative
features are picked out by theatrical spotlights, which sit
alongside 1930s lamps from France.
If you choose a furnished apartment, you might find yourself
relaxing on a modern Flag Halyard chair by Danish architect and
designer Hans Wegner which is made with ocean-going ropes.
Or maybe an Italian leather sofa designed in the 1970s
and hand-stiched in Switzerland.
So much thought, fun and expertise has gone into each
penthouse. Every one is individual with unique characteristics –
you cannot take it all in at once. You could live here for years and
still find something new to catch your eye.